It’s the year 2013. Sounds weird, right? Whether you say “two-thousand-thirteen” or “twenty-thirteen,” it just doesn’t roll off the tongue like “2012.” Maybe this happens every year, but to me, 2013 doesn’t sound good.
But you know what does sound good? New music from Offthesky, released by the Paris-based SEM label. Offthesky is Denver’s experimentalist Jason Corder, and he creates some of the most lush and intriguing ambient music out there. Making Offthesky’s transcendental soundscapes even more breathtaking this time around are the visuals provided by Misha Shyukin in the video for the title track off the new release, Through The Lines: we glide over wind-blown animal hair and soar through majestic monotone valleys, while unnerving yet unimposing white lines fade in and out, creating spider legs, triangles, and bridges between floating white orbs. The combination of the dramatic tones and stark imagery is seriously beautiful; I got goosebumps the first time I watched it.
By the way, the video features a somewhat abridged version of the piece, but you can hear the entire album here.